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KCK man will face trial in attempted drowning of children

A man accused of attempting to drown his son and another small child was stopped in the act by Kansas City, Kan., police who kicked in a bathroom door and used a stun gun on him, according to court testimony Friday.

The testimony came in a preliminary hearing for Lamonte J. Brown, who allegedly was under the influence of PCP during the January incident.

After the hearing Friday in Wyandotte County District Court, a judge found that there was sufficient evidence to try Brown on charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse.

Brown, 23, also will face trial on charges of making a criminal threat and domestic battery.

He is being held in the Wyandotte County Jail on a bond of $1 million.

A woman who lived with Brown at the time testified that he was acting strangely, declared himself to be God and said, “Everybody is going to die tonight.”

She said Brown confined her in the bathroom of their apartment along with her 15-month-old son and his 3-year-old son. Brown turned out the lights and turned on the water in the bathtub while pinning her to the floor with his leg, according to the testimony.

The woman said the children were screaming and she could hear the splashes of them being put into the tub. Eventually, she said, she broke free and ran to open the front door, which police were trying to kick open.

Neighbors who heard the commotion had called police.

Officer Wade Smith testified that when he and another officer arrived, they could hear children screaming and a woman yelling for help. They were trying to force open the door when the woman opened it and told them, “My baby’s daddy is trying to kill my kids.”

“She said he was trying to drown them,” Smith testified.

As the officers entered the apartment, Smith said he saw Brown grab a small child, go in the bathroom and slam the door. The officers kicked open the door. Brown was holding the child under water, Smith testified.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Myers asked him if the child’s face was submerged.

“Absolutely,” the officer testified.

When another officer shot Brown in the back with a stun gun, he raised up, lifting the child from the water. Smith said he grabbed the screaming child from Brown’s arms.

After the child was safe, Brown fought with the officers, who used a stun gun on him several more times before subduing him, according to testimony.

No trial date has been set.

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